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Toronto home buyers are buying into the evolving condo lifestyle

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Buyers of condos nowadays are often buying much more than four walls and a view. More and more today we’re seeing the words “sustainability” and “smart” applied to condos, and buyers are coming to expect more in these areas. Condos are uniquely able to offer the latest smart home technology, like Samsung’s, giving home owners total control of their homes via smartphone or laptop. Two years ago, Tridel showcased what we can expect to see in the near future with the latest in smart, green home technology in its stunning Eco Suite at Reve condos on Front Street. Every aspect of the Eco Suite was carefully thought through for environmental ... Read More »

City Council approves new Gehry buildings for King Street

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Toronto moved a step closer to having two more buildings by one of the world’s most famous architects and native son, Frank Gehry. City Council voted today to support Toronto Planning staff’s recommendations to approve an application plan for the King Street West development. The development is a collaboration between David Mirvish Enterprises, which owns the land, and the Los Angeles-based Gehry. His last major work in the city was the redesign of the Art Gallery of Ontario. A release following the vote said that the Mirvish/Gehry development team has worked for nearly two years “in an iterative and collaborative design and urban planning exercise” with the city and local ... Read More »

Don’t buy a home from illegal builders; know your rights

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Ontario’s new home buyers have warranty protection provided by Tarion, a private corporation set up to administer the province’s new home warranties law.  Tarion describes itself as a “consumer protection organization.” The builder provides the warranty on the new home, including condominiums, and Tarion is there to ensure that the terms of the warranty are adhered to and the consumer gets what he is entitled to. If a dispute arises between a home buyer and a builder, Tarion can act as mediator in the dispute. It also acts as a watchdog on the building industry, prosecuting illegal builders. Illegal building in Ontario is “surprisingly widespread” Tarion says. Last year, Tarion ... Read More »

Ice storm panel recommends more back-up power for high-rise buildings

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The great ice storm of December 21, 2013, has passed into local lore in Toronto, gone but definitely not forgotten. It was big. Two year’s worth of freezing rain fell in less than two days; that’s 30 millimetres. More than half of Toronto Hydro’s customers lost power, totaling over 1 million people, and it took eleven days to restore power to every customer. An independent panel was assembled to review Toronto Hydro’s response to the disaster, and that panel has now released its report, prepared by Davies Consulting. Some of the key findings will only confirm what many of those affected customers already know. Customers couldn’t get “timely and accurate” ... Read More »

A piece of Toronto on the auction block in London

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Every Torontonian who’s driven north on the DVP past Lawrence Avenue knows the rainbow tunnel. It’s been a smile-raising fixture on that roadway, often repainted, since the early 1970s. A Scottish-born, Canadian-raised painter named Peter Doig painted the rainbow tunnel several times in the following years after he had returned to Britain. The version known as Country-Rock (wing mirror), painted in 1999, is to go on the auction block today in London at Sotheby’s. It has a starting price of $13.5 million US. It could go for much more than that, which would make it the highest price ever paid for a painting by a living British painter. The highest ... Read More »

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